Be a Part (…of Something Bigger)

Alright, cadets, listen up! At this very moment, the library is looking for a group of adventurous students to take part in a brand new focus group about technology on campus and in the library.

Who are we looking for?satellite

First, you have to be a Reynolds student. Secondly, you have to have something to say about technology. Whether you love it or hate it, technology is a part of our world and we use it every day. It makes our lives both more simple, and more frustratingly complicated. And for you, the student, this means that, like it or not, you have to use technology for most of all of your research and classes. So help us help you navigate this complicated world of gadgets and gizmos by telling us what you need. We need your voices, your opinions, your ideas, to shape the future of technology at Reynolds.

(If that didn’t convince you to take part in the group, did I mention there are prizes involved? And yummy treats too!)

We’ll be hosting two sessions next week and you can find the info below:

Monday, Nov. 16th at 11 AM

Parham Road Campus library (Massey building), Room 103-J

Tuesday, Nov 17th at 10AM

Downtown Campus library instruction room, Room 212

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Reynolds Community College and Hermitage High School librarians co-present at library conference in Savannah

Denise Woetzel, Reference/Information Literacy Librarian at Reynolds Community College and Anita Tarbox, Librarian at Hermitage High School, collaborated on a presentation, High School to College Transition Initiatives: Making it a Reality, which they co-presented at the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy in Savannah, GA. During their session, Denise and Anita discussed the various collaborative initiatives they are working on to better prepare high school students for college level research.

Denise also attended some awesome conference sessions on best methods, the latest technologies and other issues related to teaching, learning and assessing of students’ information literacy skills. Reynolds librarians will be exploring how some of these methods and new technologies can be adapted and incorporated into the curriculum. Sessions included:


A Bull by the Tail

A wise old professor used to tell this story during college orientation, only in his version there were as many bulls as there are weeks in a semester.

Sydney on bull
Library specialist Sydney Gordon, ready for anything.

Student Life’s Welcome Back event at Parham Campus this week featured a mechanical bull.

Lisa on bull
Lisa Bishop, also a library specialist, gets set.

A couple of library staff members tried their cowgirl skills!

But look at the bull in these photos – and remember our tale. Don’t let a chance to grab the bull (or the semester) pass you by!

Sydney Gordon takes a soft landing.
Sydney Gordon takes a soft landing.

First Library Student Expo

3d viewing
Mazhar Anik, Assistant Dean of the School of Business, and Alice Starke experience viruses in 3D

Over 200 students, faculty and staff attended the first Library Student Expo, held April 22 and 23 at the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries.

Through their instructors, students submitted assignments completed as part of their coursework. Items came from multiple disciplines, ranging from Biology to English to Middle college

Projects included artwork, posters, sculptures, and even a student directed video. Refreshments were served.

Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library
Students view Expo projects at the Parham Campus Library

Students were impressed with their peers’ work. One student remarked “They made this in biology? I have to take biology!”

Another student asked, “Can I enter my work next year?”

Dr. Susan Hunter, the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, encouraged colleagues to attend the Expo.

“I had the opportunity to stop by the library and see this Expo and I was not expecting what I saw. The students’ projects were sophisticated, professional and creative. I think you would be amazed at the depth and breadth of these student work examples.”

Thanks to all students and faculty participated in this inaugural event! A big thank you to Beth Bensen-Barber, Kristin Hott, Jerrod Hunter, Chris Thomas and Shalini Upadhyaya for volunteering their students’ work. Hopefully next year will be even bigger!

Poetry written by students in Middle College

The Library Student Expo is Reynolds Library’s spring semester event. The Expo showcases Reynolds students’ accomplishments completed during the school year. In the fall the library hosts the Library Open House, which introduces new and returning students to the library. Both events are free; students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Dates for the 2016 Library Open House will be announced in September.

Student Expo at Reynolds Library!


The library will be hosting a Student Expo at the Parham Road and Downtown Campus Libraries next week.  Drop by to take a closer look at all of the great student projects on display in the library and grab some refreshments while you’re there.

Wednesday April 22nd
12PM – 2PM
Downtown Campus Library

Thursday, April 23rd
12PM – 2PM
Parham Road Campus Library

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Spring Garden Fest: Book Signing on April 25th


At this year’s Spring Garden Fest, Reynolds’ own Cindy Conner, and author of the new book Seed Libraries and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people, will be signing copies of her book at the Goochland campus library on April 25th from 12 noon to 1:15PM.

Book cover

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. If you already have a copy, bring it to the event for her to sign.  Hope to see you there!

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Local Event: Two Best-Selling YA Authors Coming to Richmond!

ifistayhbGood news for all you YA fanatics!

Next Wednesday, January 28th Fountain Bookstore is hosting a discussion and book signing with bestselling authors Gayle Forman (If I Stay – now a major motion picture!, Just One Day, I Was Here) and Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle, The Scorpio Races, The Shiver Series). They will be discussing their latest books, answering questions, and signing books for fans. (Copies will be available for purchase at the event.)

Date: Wednesday, January 28th
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: Free!
Venue: Richmond Public Library – Main Branch
Address: 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA